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Gardeners offer online workshops

Members of the Cowlitz County Washington State University Master Gardeners are offering free online workshops via Zoom or by calling in by phone. Class attendees must have a Zoom account and can sign up for one at

To join the classes, visit Meeting ID: 775 605 6320. Password: 12345. To call in, dial 1-253-215-8782. Meeting ID: 775 605 6320#. Password: 12345.

For help or details, email Gary Fredricks at or call him at 360-577-3014, extension 3.

The schedule

June 15: noon, Escaped Ornamental Noxious Weeds. Master Gardener and Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Coordinator Jennifer Mendoza will discuss what to do about escaped ornamental noxious weeds.

• June 22: noon, Solving Summer Garden Problems. Master Gardener Alice Slusher will identify and discuss how to manage problems that may pop up in the garden during the growing season using the common sense and nature friendly Integrated Pest Management method.

• June 29: noon, Summer Pruning. Master Gardener Art Fuller will discuss the importance of summer pruning, types of pruning cuts and what tools to use along with the best time to prune and what pruning does for the health of a tree. 

Summer reading starts in Cathlamet

The summer reading program via the Cathlamet Public Library begins June 16 with three challenges for readers.

The Cathlamet 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is for children up to 5 years old. The Cathlamet Summer 2021: Tales and Tales, Animal Books for Kids is for children 5 to 15 years old. Children can earn prizes as they log reading minutes, review books and attend events. The Cathlamet 2021 Reading Challenge is for children 15 years old through adults and runs through the end of the year. Readers will earn tickets they can apply to a drawing for their choice of a Kindle, a quilt or other items.

Registrations are being accepted for the programs partially sponsored by the Blanche Bradley Memorial Library Foundation at

Readers are challenged by library staff to set personal or family daily reading goals and log each day the goals are met. Readers also may log their reading minutes or books read by downloading the free Beanstock app.

In addition to the online reading challenges, the library is sponsoring in-person outdoor story times and crafts for children 5 to 15 years old from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, June 16 to Aug. 4 at Erickson Park on Columbia Street. It is requested a parent or guardian accompany the children at the events.

For details, visit the library’s website at, search for Cathlamet Public Library on Facebook or call 360-795-3254 between 2 and 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

KHS class of ’51 plans luncheon

Members of the Kelso High School class of 1951 are invited to the group’s 70th reunion luncheon at 11:30 a.m. June 22 at the Kelso-Longview Elks, 900 Ash St., Kelso.

Attendees can order off the menu at the no-host lunch.

RSVP to Darlene Michels Goodman by calling 360-425-6828.


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